Oh rhythm, oh rhythm, why do you flirt so? I’ve told you and I’ll most likely say it a lot more…rhythm and I have a love/
hate dislike relationship. We try to understand each other, but it is not something that comes naturally. At the beginning of last week I felt good, like I was making a lot of progress, and then I realized I tried to put in too many new extras into our day… naturally it all started to get a little too overwhelming for me. This is a big transition to be tackling amongst the holidays and all. Yet at the same time, it is the perfect time. A time where I can make little tweaks and changes to where we are and what we do during our days while we are all focusing on some celebrations together. I truly believe that most really good things in life aren’t easy. The easy part resides in your heart when you know that you are following it wherever it is taking you…regardless of the hurdles you may need to get through.
The getting up early thing is easy for me, and at this point is starting to happen by itself with the children. The struggle is following through with an early bedtime. If the kids do not get to bed till 9, then I have to go to bed soon after they do because if I don’t it is so hard for me to get up early the following morning. So here I am, back to focusing on the getting up early/going to bed early part, but that’s okay. So much of this daily rhythm adjusting has to accommodate room for acceptance that not everything is going to run smoothly as planned at all times. Mostly it is all about choosing what my priorities are going to be. When we have a later bedtime and I feel tired, I know it is going to be very important for me to get in bed rather then struggle staying up just so I can get some “me” time. The real thing I am needing in those moments is sleep. Then the next morning I can get up early and get some “me” time and drag those children out of bed and try again the next day.
Last week we were able to get a morning walk together in the morning. We also began to fit in our morning gathering together before we branched off to do some school work. The rest of the day still seems majorly scattered still, but that’s okay. What I am doing is starting with the morning and adding one step of improvement a week to focus on. My mistake last week, was to think that I could also just throw in three structured pupils and manage a toddler in the mix. One thing at a time I need to keep reminding myself. Luckily, since I come from an unschooling train of thought, I am not worried that my kids are going to miss a whole lot of stuff as we ease our way into this. My fifth grader can easily get some work done each day solo, although part of her day usually involves me for a little bit. As for kindergarten and first grade, we are just focusing on the holidays (Advent, Saint Nicholas, Saint Lucia) right now anyways, so easy does it. This is our first year using a curriculum, and it is a very gentle curriculum. My hopes are to get to a point of being able to sit down everyday one on one with each of my children and work with them and just their special selves while interweaving our time together throughout the day. That’s the “extra” part I threw in there last week that put me overboard. But I have to keep reminding myself….one step at a time…with understanding…that this is a journey, not a race. I will get to the solid ground that I am working towards, but for now it’s one. step. at. a. time.
Yesterday we made these little lanterns to light the way for Saint Nicholas so that he could come put a little treat in our shoes. We couldn’t find any hay for his donkey, so the kids left some carrots out instead.